According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to end speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension and then spend big this summer strengthening his squad. The news that Wenger will sign a new contract may not come as a surprise, but Wenger spending big may surprise some Gunners fans.
Mr Wenger is notoriously careful with Arsenal’s money and almost treats the club chequebook like it his own. For most managers that would mean spending big and bringing in expensive new players, not Arsene though.
Ever the economist he looks for value for money signings in the market, which these days are very rare. It seems the Frenchman may have accepted that to compete for the Premier League title next season he may need to spend big this summer.
All the other top teams are likely to invest heavily in their squads for next season. Manchester United and Liverpool have already acknowledged that they will spend big this summer. If as expected Chelsea and Manchester City fail to win the title, then both of the Blues are likely to invest heavily in new players.
The Mirror has Arsenal linked with a number of different players of differing quality. The Mirror claims that the Gunners are in the hunt for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian international has scored 22 goals this season in 31 appearances for the Bavarians and is their top scorer.
Mandzukic would definitely be a good addition to the Gunners squad and likely be a good alternative or replacement for Olivier Giroud, who has had to shoulder much of Arsenal’s attacking load this season.
With Bacary Sagna looking set to move on this summer, it seems that Wenger believes that young Southampton full-back Calum Chambers is the man to replace the French star next season. The 19-year-old is believed to be rated in the £10million bracket.
Chambers does look like a good prospect, but the next name may not fill Gunners fans with excitement. According to the Mirror, the Gunners are looking at signing Manchester United centre-midfielder Tom Cleverley, who is also being targeted by Everton.
The much-maligned midfielder had potential earlier in his career, but in the past few seasons does not seem to have improved and England fans even put up an online petition for him not to be in the Three Lions World Cup squad. Cleverley is not the quality of signing that will help the Gunners push for the Premier League title.
Real Sociedad’s young French star Antoine Griezmann will be more the sort of player that will get the Gunners fans off their seats next season. The youngster has enjoyed a good season with Sociedad and has attracted the interest of the Gunners.
Hopefully Arsenal can make some big signings this summer, because the last few months have illustrated that the club from north London needs a stronger squad next season to challenge for the big trophies.
Who would you like to see sign for Arsenal?